Just thought I'd add my 2 cents
I had an Anterior Lumbar Fusion L4-L5 w/cages on June 30, 2004. So I'm about 6 months post op. Doing great. I have four boys ages 7 down to age 2. My youngest had a hard time not being "help" my me at first but it was a great opportunity for him and Dad to bond more. I would just sit on the floor and hold him. We taught our 1.5 yo how to climb in and out of his crib and carseat. I also would take the shopping cart right up to the sliding door of my van and he would climb out of his carseat right into the shopping cart. I did have a set back at 2.5 wks post op. I lifted the baby out of his crib and carried him downstairs. I did no damage to my surgery area just set myself back on recovery time about 2 weeks. I suggest to follow all the rules
I wish I had done that! I was just being impatient and there was no one around to pick him up, so I decided to do it myself.
I would say it was 10-12 weeks before I could hold my youngest. He was over 20 lbs. I may have been able to hold him sooner, but it wasn't before 8 weeks, I'm sure. If you have someone to help you that'd be great.
Hope this helps!